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Demand for cosmetic procedures increase as videoconferencing becomes new norm

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – When the world shut down due to COVID-19 people were forced to adjust the ways they communicate – both personally and professionally. Skype, FaceTime and Zoom calls became the new normal allowing individuals to remain close to loved ones as well as work remotely during the pandemic.  

But with the nation’s reliance on video calls came an interesting trend: Plastic surgeons and dermatologists across the country are now seeing a surge in new patients coming in for facial touch ups by botox, lip injections and face lifts. 

News 8 spoke with Dr. Gayle Gordillo, professor and chief, division of plastic surgery at IU Health about this emerging trend and what might be driving it. She also talked about the differences between a healthy relationship with cosmetic procedures versus an unhealthy one that–without an ethical surgeon’s guidance–could possibly lead to an obsession.

Click on the video above to see the full interview.

News 8’s medical reporter, Dr. Mary Elizabeth Gillis, D.Ed., is a classically trained medical physiologist and biobehavioral research scientist. She has been a health, medical and science reporter for over 5 years. Her work has appeared in national media outlets. You can follow her on Instagram @reportergillis and on Facebook @DrMaryGillis